Volume 15 Number 3
|SUNY and EDS
The SUNYConnect Discovery Systems Task Force unanimously recommends the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The group's other recommendations are that EDS should be a core SUNYConnect service and that the SUNYConnect-wide 360 (360Core, 360Link) license end June 30, 2014. The Task Force evaluated EDS as having the most appropriate content in its index, the sophisticated subject indexing sought by academic libraries, the top relevancy ranking algorithim and a search interface used and known across all types of SUNY libraries.
Discovery Systems Task Force recommendations:
1) "After review of the four leading discovery systems, the task force recommends EBSCO’s EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) system due to its:
2) The task force recommends that EDS be adopted as a core SUNYConnect resource for the following reasons:
3) The task force recommendation of EDS has implications regarding link resolver software as well; EDS includes their LinkSource software as part of the system and part of their package. Therefore the task force recommends a phasing out of 360Link and replacement with the EBSCO LinkSource product."
The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services reviewed and endorsed the group's recommendations.
The SUNY Council of Library Directors discussed these recommendations at their April meeting. A survey of SUNY campus participation in an EDS implementation was conducted. Fifty SUNY libraries opted to participate in the (SUNY-wide) EDS license for three years (SUNY fiscal year 2014-15 and onward). The issue of EDS as a core service was taken off the table. SUNY libraries not currently opting to participate will still have the option to join in during the three year period, however.
Library directors at the 50 campuses have been surveyed regarding their general time frame for implementation as well as their designated campus contact for that activity. The agreement with the vendor includes implementation and system support services. SUNY acknowledges EBSCO's willingness to commence implementations prior to July 1,2014. Communication vehicles are being established to facilitate communication and the sharing of expertise related to this system and its implementation.
As mentioned, EDS includes A-to-Z journal listing, knowledgebase and an openURL link resolver. SUNYConnect has a 2013-14 license for these software systems (currently called EBSCO A-to-Z/LinkSource). Migration to these systems prior to EDS implementation is recommended. Campuses opting to use a different link resolver will need to license that software on their own (as of July 1, 2014).
Thanks to the SUNY Task Force, the SUNY library directors and the vendors for their efforts in this regard.